The Relics of St John (Maximovich) Will Visit Ten Dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church

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Source: Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America (Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia) a reliquary with a relic of St John, Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco, will be taken to 10 dioceses of Central Russia. The project is part of the international youth program "Spiritual Connection" and begins on November 16. The holy relics will be … [Read more...]

New pope installed to lead church in Islamist-run Egypt

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Source: Reuters By Yasmine Saleh CAIRO (Reuters) - The Coptic Orthodox church staged a ceremony rich in ritual on Sunday to install its pope, Tawadros II, who Christians hope will guide them through the new, Islamist-led Egypt. The 60-year-old pope was picked on November 4 and the ceremony on Sunday filled with incense, elaborate robes and chanting marked his formal ascendance as the 118th leader of the church. Coptic Christians, whose church predates the arrival of Islam in … [Read more...]

Interim Patriarch Calls for Unity of Bulgarian Orthodox Church – UPDATED

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Source: Sofia News Agency The unity of the Holy Synod and of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church is the most important issue for Orthodox Christians in Bulgaria, according to Varna Metropolitan Kiril. Kiril made the statement Sunday in the Bulgarian capital during his very first mass as Sofia Metropolitan and interim Patriarch. "When opinions differ, each must be well-grounded. I hope that all metropolitans will attend the next meeting of the Holy Synod and that those who would be absent … [Read more...]

Moscow on the Seine: The Controversy Over Russian Cathedral Plans in Paris – UPDATED

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Source: The Atlantic Backlash builds against a planned Orthodox church that's backed and would be partly funded by the Kremlin. Orthodox cathedrals with their trademark golden onion domes are a familiar sight across Russia. And one may soon become part of Paris's famed skyline, right near the Eiffel Tower. French President Francois Hollande has just weeks to decide on a controversial plan to build a massive Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center in downtown Paris on the banks of … [Read more...]

IOCC Assists Sandy Survivors With Recovery Efforts

Members of New Jersey chapters of AHEPA, Philoptochos and GOYA gathered at St. George Greek Orthodox Church to assemble emergency clean-up buckets (left) and then distribute them (right) at Silverton Volunteer Fire Station for survivors of Superstorm Sandy. Cleaning supplies and other disaster relief items are still urgently needed by hundreds of families trying to make their damaged homes livable again. photo: Rada Tierney/IOCC Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy … [Read more...]

O, Lord, Have Mercy on Us! – Bulgaria’s Orthodox Church

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Source: Sofia News Agency by Milena Hristova Plagued by wrangling and greed, greatly discredited – this is what Bulgaria's Orthodox church has come to be in recent years, leaving Christian believers nothing but disturbed. The disagreements between the clergy and the two churches in the country have been smouldering for years, but exploded beyond belief after the death of Patriarch Maxim. The battle among the different lobbies inside the official church, legitimized by the old … [Read more...]

Real Break 2013 – Registration opens today!

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Registration opens TODAY at 9:00 pm EST for Real Break 2013 For over 10 years, Orthodox Christian Fellowship has sent over a thousand College students around the world during Spring Break to serve those less fortunate, becoming lights of Christ to the world. Join other college-aged young adults from across the country in a team, lead by both a Clergy and Lay leader, who will grow and serve together on either a domestic or international trip. Although teams go out to serve, they return … [Read more...]

Michael and Mary Jaharis Make Major Gift to Chicago Museum

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Source: The National Herald by Constantine S. Sirigos Special to The National Herald NEW YORK - The new Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman and Byzantine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago were introduced to the art world, the city of Chicago, and the Greek-American Community with a special preview and gala dinner on Saturday evening, November 10. Friends, including Archbishop Demetrios of America traveled, from New York and points more distant to congratulate and thank … [Read more...]

Follow the 17th All-American Council on Ancient Faith Radio

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Ancient Faith Radio will podcast segments of the 17th All-American Council, to be held at Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH. While definitive times have not been set for individual podcasts, access will be available throughout the day at http://ancientfaith.com/specials/aac_17. “Our plan is to record the homily at the opening Divine Liturgy, any interviews we can gather from official sources, and all of … [Read more...]

Archdiocese Offers Additional Assistance to Families in Greece

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announced today a grant of $150,000 to International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to assist in providing emergency assistance for the people of Greece who are especially vulnerable as a result of the continuing economic crisis, austerity measures and a collapsing health system. The $150,000 grant to IOCC, will be directed at efforts to assist the elderly, children and large families with … [Read more...]